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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Your Duplicity is Killing Us

Few are those in the “international community” who fail to condemn Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets, whether civilians, soldiers or armed settlers. But many are those who find it less urgent and compelling to condemn the killing of Palestinians, whether civilians, Palestinian police officers or armed activists. The American administration in particular and the pro Read more…

Aaron Mate: Attacking Iraq

A year ago this month we witnessed a horrendous terrorist attack. Sadly, we may soon witness another, should the Bush administration go ahead with its plans to bomb Iraq. Of course, it is misleading to say that the tragedy is in the works, when there already has been one occurring in the country over the Read more…

Dvaid3 Edwards3: How To Legitimise War – Iraq And The British Media

In our society, choices decrease to the extent that they matter. When it comes to chocolate bars, the options are impressive – supermarket shelves are filled with them. When it comes to political parties, foreign policy and the media, choices merge, narrow and disappear to nothing. Defenders of the mainstream media tell us there is Read more…

William Mcdougall: September 11th: One Year On

‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information 7-13 September 2002   As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 approaches, broadcasters are preparing to go toe to Read more…

William Mcdougall: September 11th: One Year ON

‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information 7-13 September 2002 As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 approaches, broadcasters are preparing to go toe to toe Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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David Smith-Ferri: Dancing With The Devil

Some things you thought you could count on: the prevailing westerlies, temperatures according to the season…Forget it. Washington now controls the weather. That chill you’ve felt in your bones despite the calendar is a cold wind blowing east to west. It is the breath of war. It carries the message, “Prepare for war.” Yes, the Read more…

: On Improving Pro-Palestinian Activism

Most pro-Palestinian activists, whose articles are featured on the various Palestinian websites, and whose publications are slowly but surely breaking through the barriers of the editorial boards of the major news media of the west, deserve a huge compliment for their achievements, their dedication, and their tireless efforts to bring the Palestinian cause under the Read more…

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David Edwards: “Just One Of Those Things”

A rule of thumb for the mainstream media is that the reporting of ideas that are damaging to powerful interests will tend to begin and end at ‘square one’ – investigation and discussion rarely proceed beyond the superficial. The more influential the media, the more this tends to be the case. TV news reporting of Read more…

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Amira Hass: 30 of 49 Palestinians killed in August were civilians

Between August 1 and last night, 49 Palestinians were killed by Israel Defense Forces fire in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; around 180 were injured, with at least 65 of them sustaining wounds from live fire (including shrapnel from shells and missiles). Thirty of those killed were unarmed civilians. Another two Palestinians, both in Read more…

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Gideon Levy: Children Of War

From this morning, thousands of policemen will guard Israel’s children as they return to school after the summer vacation. For this reason, it is worth recalling that just an hour’s drive away, yesterday also marked the end of the summer vacation for Palestinian children, whose lives are in greater danger, but who have no protection. Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Argentina’s Social Movement Goes Global

The first thematic meeting of the World Social Forum in Argentina was held from the 22nd to the  25th of August in Buenos Aires, to discuss the theme of “The Crisis of Neo-Liberalism in Argentina and the Challenges for the Global Movement”. With the attendance of over 20.000 people in the opening demonstration, the phenomenon Read more…

Stan Winer: Business as usual for South African media

In the aftermath of a long and traumatic history, there is still censorship in South Africa. Not censorship by the state, but a rather more indirect, insidious and hence virulent form of censorship – self-censorship by the mainstream media. Their message is clear: South Africans are not to be trusted to know what’s going on Read more…

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John Pilger: The Great Charade

It is 10 months since 11 September, and still the great charade plays on. Having appropriated our shocked response to that momentous day, the rulers of the world have since ground our language into a paean of cliches and lies about the ‘war on terrorism’ – when the most enduring menace, and source of terror, Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Geopolitics of Jo’burg Protests

For ninety years, we’ve waited to see the combined geographical and political implications of locating an urban bantustan in a small block of land in northeast Johannesburg called Alexandra Township. Today was breakout day, with South Africa’s most militantly anti-government march since 1994 pulling at least 20,000 activists (according to even the BBC) in and Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Ariel Sharon’s Subjugation Strategy

JERUSALEM — Israel recently agreed to withdraw its forces from Bethlehem and populated Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip while the Palestinian Authority takes on the responsibility of policing residents there. Israeli soldiers and tanks moved to the outskirts of Bethlehem, allowing the residents who have been under curfew for nine weeks to leave their Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: The World Responds to Chiapas Situation

[translated by irlandesa] As a result of the recent attacks against the Autonomous Municipalities in Chiapas (which have left four dead, more than 20 wounded, families displaced and great tension in the indigenous communities), environmental as well as human rights civil groups and solidarity committees, persons engaged in various cultural fields and academic specialists, have Read more…

Tetsu Nakamura: Words On The Occasion Of Receiving the Okinawa Peace Prize

It all began on July 18th, 2001, when I made a visit to reconstruct the clinic in Darya-ye Nur. It was the first time for me to enter Afghanistan since the Taliban had come into power. It had been a while since I last crossed the Khyber Pass. I went around each PMS clinic in Read more…

Peter Popham: Bhopal Still Waits for Justice

After 18 years, Bhopal still waits for justice Blighted city continues to pay the price for industrial tragedy, while fight goes on to bring chief executive to trial Peter Popham The land on which the factory stood is still fiercely toxic, the victims’ families are being compensated at the rate of £5 per month, and Read more…

Ranjit Devraj: India’s Green Movements Under Attack

As the World Summit on Social Development (WSSD) gets underway in South Africa, India, a country of over a billion people, can report little but the gross failure of its best-known environment movements. These range from the movements campaigning against large dams, to those warning of the dangers of allowing cultivation of genetically modified products, Read more…

Rania Awwad: Ethnic Cleansing by Starvation

A US-financed assessment of the overall malnutrition level among Palestinian children, released this month by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), found that one in five Palestinian children under the age of five now suffers from chronic or acute malnutrition. This astonishing statistic is on par with impoverished nations such as Chad and Nigeria, Read more…

Benjamin Blackwell: Micropolitics and the Cooking-Pot Revolution in Argentina

On New Year’s Eve of 2001, the US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, rang the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s Presidential Palace in the centre of Buenos Aires and asked to be put through to the President. After being cut off several times, Powell called a “more private” number, only to be told by a low Read more…

Claire Theret: Days Under Fire

This document consists of diary entries from two British solidarity activists who worked with the International Solidarity Movement in Occupied Palestine. The entries are long, but both highly analytical and vividly descriptive. Claire’s journal — Aida Camp, Bethlehem Tuesday, 30 July Israeli television announces more suicide bombings are to come. At the Hebrew University in Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Interview With Noam Chomsky about US Warplans

Various questions are circulating among people worried about war. On August 29, 2002, Michael Albert put some of these to Noam Chomsky, via email. Here are the questions and his responses… 1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media says? Domestically? Internationally? He is as evil as they come, ranking with Suharto and Read more…

Mohamed khaled El-azar: One Into Four

In laying the foundations for the 1991 peace conference in Madrid US Secretary of State James Baker was anxious to secure Washington’s role as primary sponsor of the Arab- Israeli peace process. He supervised all the arrangement for the conference, from the venue and guest lists to the agenda and gave various, if contradictory, assurances Read more…

Marwan Bishara: Unbuilding Babel

It is evident from recent statements coming out of Washington that Palestinians, Israelis and the international community speak three different languages. As a people under occupation, the Palestinians want a future free of Israeli domination. As occupiers, the Israelis demand unconditional surrender by all the Palestinians. The American-led international community is proposing a compromise that Read more…

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Amira Hass: Deterrents That Haven’t Deterred

The IDF and Shin Bet claim that demolishing the homes of terror suspects and expelling their families to Gaza is a deterrence that has already yielded results. Such an opinion relies on the ignorance or willful amnesia of the Israeli public. Senior IDF and Shin Bet officers depend on Israelis not taking note of the Read more…

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Ali Abunimah: The Growing Clamor for Ethnic Cleansing

(AMMAN — August 27, 2002) — An Israeli organization has published detailed plans for the “complete elimination of the Arab demographic threat to Israel” by forcibly expelling all Palestinians, including Palestinians in the occupied territories and Palestinian citizens of Israel from the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea within a 3-5 year Read more…

Eric Margolis: The War only the Whitehouse Wants

NEW YORK — U.S. forces are rapidly massing in the Arabian Gulf to invade Iraq. Four heavy brigades have been positioned near Iraq, a huge new air complex is now operational in Qatar and American special forces are active in Iraqi Kurdistan. The White House is hoping its threats of war will provoke a coup Read more…

Hermann Bellinghausen: Paramilitary Offensive Continues

[translated by irlandesa: 3 articles 1) update: another murder of a Zapatista in Olga Isabel Autonomous Municipality by paramilitaries and 2 & 3) Articles by La Jornada’s Hermann Bellinghausen on the paramilitary offensive] Brothers and sisters: Our New Olga Isabel Autonomous Municipality in Rebellion is denouncing the incidents of violence which are being carried out by Read more…

Sam Bahour: The Violence of Curfew

“Oh God, please tell Sharon to end the curfew by this Saturday so I can go to school.” This is how my secular, eight year old daughter, Areen, has put herself to sleep for the last two weeks. Areen, like so many others here, have turned to the divine powers to intervene in ending the Read more…

Autonomous Municipalities: 2 Zapatistas Murdered

[translated by irlandesa] San Manuel Autonomous Municipality   By means of this denuncia, we would like to make public the following incidents:   1. –  On August 22, several persons from the OPDIC organization met in Ach’lum Monte Líbano to organize a new action against the security checkpoint which our compañeros are maintaining at the Read more…

Carlos Fazio: The Southeast

[translated by irlandesa] There is renewed interest at some official diplomatic missions in Mexico in knowing what the EZLN is going to do in response to a foreseeable adverse ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice on the legality of the constitutional counter-reform on indigenous affairs.  The surprising change in the administrative leadership of the Read more…

Ecosolidaridad Andes: The Political Economy of a Narco-Terror State

Introduction Social and political upheavals – unlike any before – grip many nations in Latin America. The failure of neoliberalism to deliver prosperity is turning against many of the political parties there. The entire concept of liberal democracy is discredited and crumbling – serious change is in the air. Large US corporations and the IMF Read more…

Residents of Al-dabeik building: Interfere and Put an End to Our Human Suffering

Urgent appeal Since the beginning of the last invasion of Nablus the city has been subjected to different kinds of collective punishment by the Israeli military forces. One of these measures was occupying several buildings in the city and suburbs and transforming them into permanent military positions for the armored units occupying the city. During Read more…

Kontras Aceh: Aceh Backgrounder

The Indonesian province of Aceh, with a population of around 5 million, is located on the northern-most part of the island of Sumatra, about 1,000 miles from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Located strategically on the sea lanes between south and east Asia, it became the centre of a powerful trading empire during the 16th and Read more…

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Paul Burrows: The Saddest Thing About Netanyahu’s Visit to Canada is That Someone Actually Wants to Bring Him!

Binyamin Netanyahu is coming to Winnipeg on September 9th, and the local Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet-Winnipeg) is helping to organize a peaceful information picket and protest.  He is also making an appearance the next day in Toronto, which will be accompanied by the good folks of SPHR (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights).  However, it is Read more…

George Colman: Crisis and Creation in Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s reputation as a unique center of the arts, prehispanic ruins, colonial architecture and indigenous culture gathered international momentum in 1987, the year the United Nations designated the city part of the “patrimony of humanity”. That proclamation, harnessed to a an aggressive and attractive tourist campaign, led to a flourishing of articles in upscale magazines Read more…

Stan Winer: Summit Shame

The mass arrests of demonstrators and a blanket ban on civil society demonstrations during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg highlights the contradictions in a country where values have become dangerously eroded. Some might argue this typifies the legacy of underdevelopment inherited from colonialism and apartheid. Others, perhaps more convincingly, would argue Read more…

Rob Ritchie: Instant Runoff Voting in Alaska

This summer’s most exciting campaign for electoral reform will be decided on Tuesday, when Alaskans will vote on whether to implement instant runoff voting for most of their major elections. Instant runoff voting gives voters more power as it lets voters rank candidates (1, 2, 3) instead of settling for one. It requires candidates in Read more…

Dolores Camacho: The Inexorable Appropriation of Land by the Indigenous

[translated by irlandesa]   The Indians of Chiapas are not disappearing, there are not just a few of them, and they are not, obviously, a relative minority in a state.  As can be seen in the accompanying table*, the Indian population has been increasing, despite the various policies to which it has been subjected.  They Read more…

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Paul Burrows: The Saddest Thing About Netanyahu’s Visit To Canada Is That Someone Actually Wants To Bring Him

Nicholas Guyatt, The Absence of Peace: Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Zed Books, 1998), p. 49n Eitan cited in Nur Masalha, Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion (Pluto Press, 2000), p.174 Eitan has also referred to Palestinians as “cockroaches;” see Edward Said, Peace and Its Discontents (Vintage, 1996), p.149 The Netanyahu family tradition Read more…

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Paul Burrows: The Saddest Thing About Netanyahu’s Visit To Canada Is That Someone Actually Wants To Bring Him

Binyamin Netanyahu is coming to Winnipeg on September 9th, and the local Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet-Winnipeg) is helping to organize a peaceful information picket and protest. He is also making an appearance the next day in Toronto, which will be accompanied by the good folks of SPHR (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights). However, it is Read more…

Kontras Aceh: Aceh Backgrounder

The Indonesian province of Aceh, with a population of around 5 million, is located on the northern-most part of the island of Sumatra, about 1,000 miles from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Located strategically on the sea lanes between south and east Asia, it became the centre of a powerful trading empire during the 16th and Read more…

Romi Mahajan: Bhopal on Less than $40 a Day

“Living. Improved daily.” That’s the motto of Dow Chemical – global giant – the folks that lied about Dioxin, gave us poisonous silicone implants, and in 2001 merged with Union Carbide, the company responsible for the worst industrial accident in history—in Bhopal, India.  Behind the spin of the noble motto lies a company that has done Read more…

Chiapas Various: Urgent Call for Solidarity

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas August 21, 2002. To National and International Civil Society. To the National Indigenous Congress. To Non-Governmental Human Rights Organizations. To the National and International Press. The following is an URGENT call in order to demonstrate the worsening of tension in the state of Chiapas.  The various conflicts which have Read more…

Alfredo Castro: Open Letter to Plazas Vega

Dear Mr Plazas, I write to you in my capacity as a journalist specialising in human rights issues in our country in the hope that you may be able to answer a few questions for me regarding your past activities. To save you time I have tried to make my questions as brief as possible: Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Letter to a Pilot

I have read the interview given by your commander, Major General Dan Halutz, and, like many others in Israel and abroad, I was shocked. On July 23, one of your comrades (or perhaps you yourself?) dropped a one-ton bomb on a house in a dense residential neighborhood in Gaza. The aim was to execute, without Read more…

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George Monbiot: Earth Eating Summit

The German election could be the second this year to be won or lost on the environment. In New Zealand, the Labour Party failed to win its anticipated overall majority, partly because of its determination to approve the planting of genetically modified crops. The Greens, who did better than expected, have threatened to bring the Read more…

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